And LOTS of them!

  • First, I had a few imaging sessions toward the end of February.  The Orion Nebula Orion Nebula - First attempt, over-exposed...image at the left of this post was taken with a 15 second, 1600 ISO exposure, prime focus (Camera to T-ring adapter to visual back) on Feb 23rd, 2012.  I did tweak the histogram a little bit in ‘The Gimp‘ to bring up the fainter details, but other than that, this exactly as it came off the Camera.  I took the photo using ‘Backyard EOS‘ to control my Canon T1i DSLR.   I did a few other sessions on different objects ( Jupiter, Pleiades — Current background of this blog, the Earth’s Moon ) but none of them turned out very well.  Even this shot of the Orion Nebula isn’t great (poor tracking, a smidge out of focus, a tad overexposed), but it excites me that I could see that detail on my first few attempts.Celestron NexStar 8SE on an Equatorial Wedge Mount
  • Second, I bought an equatorial wedge mount!  This will help to take care of the tracking issues I was experiencing before.  The equatorial wedge allows my Alt-Az mount to only rotate on one axis while tracking an object through the sky.  The image at right shows exactly what it looks like all mounted up.  Alas, this is only an indoor shot.
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